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post #11 of 20 Old 12-29-2011, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Mane has taken a lot of work - see the before photograph. He had pretty much rubbed it all out - plus had really bad dandruff and rain scald...
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post #12 of 20 Old 12-30-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Nice horse. He's steep through the shoulder, functionally downhill, and a little lacking in muscle/bulk on the topline behind the withers. Mildly calf-kneed, too, or looks it. But overall I like him.
Can you elaborate a bit on the calf knee comment? Would this make him unsound doing basic dressage and trail work? Thanks...
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post #13 of 20 Old 12-30-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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This is a very attractive horse! I love his shoulder, his legs, his back, I really like all of this horse. Thank you for posting.
Here is a video of him moving:

He is quite athletic for a big guy...
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post #14 of 20 Old 12-30-2011, 01:27 PM
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Calf knees are the same as back at the knee.



It puts extra strain on the ddft and associated soft tissue structures, and can interfere with soundness if you do an event that requires a lot of hyperextension (racing, jumping, etc.). His are not severe, but calf knees are never good, so I would probably discuss the appropriate trimming/shoeing protocol with your farrier that provides the best support for his limb. In short, I would not be overly concerned, but I would be aware.
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Calf knees are the same as back at the knee.



It puts extra strain on the ddft and associated soft tissue structures, and can interfere with soundness if you do an event that requires a lot of hyperextension (racing, jumping, etc.). His are not severe, but calf knees are never good, so I would probably discuss the appropriate trimming/shoeing protocol with your farrier that provides the best support for his limb. In short, I would not be overly concerned, but I would be aware.
Good to know - would he also have the appearance of being calf kneed if his feet needed trimming?
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Having a slightly higher (but still normal) heel, as opposed to an underrun heel, will certainly help prevent hyperextension injuries.
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post #17 of 20 Old 12-30-2011, 02:23 PM
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From what I am seeing, the faults are all very minor and nothing to worry about. My pigeon toed horse loved to jump and was never unsound or sore. In 27 years he was never lame.
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From what I am seeing, the faults are all very minor and nothing to worry about. My pigeon toed horse loved to jump and was never unsound or sore. In 27 years he was never lame.
Not bad considering he was born wild
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I wouldn't be ashamed to have him in my yard! Congrats on a nice find.
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post #20 of 20 Old 12-30-2011, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't be ashamed to have him in my yard! Congrats on a nice find.
I board him in a hunter/jumper barn where there are lots of fancy and expensive horses. Some of the other owners are a bit snobby about him and said that he hasn't got great conformation - even the Barn Owner said that he didn't have good conformation. I'm not an expert but I always thought he was quite well put together for a mustang. I think they just didn't accept that he could be ok because he doesn't have a fancy pedigree or cost thousands of dollars...which is crazy as there are some mustangs doing great things out there.
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